Monday, September 7, 2020

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right just might discover your next “must-read” book!

Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent, of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give It's Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children's literature - picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit - join us! We love this meme and think you will, too. We encourage everyone who participates to visit at least three of the other kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

If you go to my Goodreads account, you can see what I have read recently & click on the books to learn more.

Last week on the blog:

Last week in reading:

I read way too many books to share about every single one, but there really were some awesome books here this week. I read twelve excellent fiction picture books. My top two were Grandpa Grumps and Your Name is a Song. I also read three very cute board books - I Love All of Me, Be Boy Buzz and Count My Cupcakes 1-2-3.

Sweet Dreams Sarah and The Power of Her Pen are great nonfiction picture book biographies that I'm glad to add to the library.

I finally read the other three Astrid and Apollo early chapter book series and they are pretty perfect. The author is telling about a Hmong family and some of the events and activities they go to. The stories aren't very complex (which is good for that level), but they are interesting. I really can't wait to share these with students. 

A Place at the Table is a lovely middle grade chapter book about two middle school girls beginning a new friendship. One girl is Jewish and the other is Muslim and at first glance it would seem they have little in common, but they begin to discover many commonalities. 

I read two novellas this week. I don't come across those too often. There should be more quick and yet very engaging stories on my TBR. Cin's Mark is a fabulous YA contemporary with a little history by Zetta Elliot. The Empress of Salt and Fortune is marketed to adults, but could easily be a YA crossover. It is historical with a few fantasy elements including a hilarious talking bird. 

You Should See Me in a Crown is a YA rom-com that was just as delightful as anticipated. I will be recommending this one to many readers. 

Finally, Good Talk is an adult memoir written in the graphic novel format. I read it in one sitting because it was really compelling.

The Coming Week: 
I'm still reading A Map to the Sun. It's on my desktop, so I still haven't managed to get to it. I'm also still  reading This is My Brain in Love through Sora. I also started reading The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative. I'm not sure what else I'll get to, but I am definitely excited to start reading with my students again. Happy reading!

Reading Challenge Updates: 
#MustReadin2020 - 27/36
#YARC2020 - 56/55
Muslimshelfspace - 23/30


  1. I enjoyed A Place at the Table very much & also Sweet Dreams Sarah. I've noted You Should See Me In A Crown - sounds great! Thanks, Crystal!

    1. You Should See Me in a Crown made me smile a lot. I can use more books like that in my life right now. I'm sure many people can. ;)

  2. I just learned about The Power of Her Pen, today. So that is a new one on my TBR list. And You Should See Me in a Crown is being added right now after what you shared. I always love seeing what you've finished each week, Crystal!

  3. A Place at the Table sounds wonderful, as does You Should See Me In A Crown! And Good Talk sounds truly spectacular—I think I need to buy a copy! Thanks so much for the great post!

  4. It's a good feeling when you've read too many books to talk about them all. Your goodread list looks great! A lot of these titles are making me hungry...

  5. What an inspiring list of books this week. The ones I've read I enjoyed, especially The Way You Make Me Feel, With the Fire on High and Pie in the Sky. Happy reading this week.